My pals Dom & Jared Cortese, who make up the entirety of the band Electric NoNo, appeared on a recent episode of The Spud Goodman Show (an episode which also had guests such as Anderson Cooper and Shep Gordon) as the musical guests. Well, here’s a video of them performing “Forty Foot Tall,” a song from their new EP, Rain City Blue:
If you’re interested in hearing a li’l bit about the LONG and humorous history and process of this band, one of the members (Geoff) put together a li’l documentary about it. You can watch it here and now! DO SO:
There, that was only 6.5 minutes of your life you’ll never get back. You’ll hardly miss it! Though you may wish I hadn’t vocally re-created the first song I wrote.
“Right, dude. Dude.”
Anyhoo, if you want to listen to more, CBF has a handful of songs available for FREE on our bandcamp page, conveniently arranged into four albums by subject matter:
Four Times Four Songs of Fun!
Seriously, this musics is a tonne of fun to both make and listen to. Like I said in the documentary, I’m getting a new(er) computer sometime soon and I’m gonna load it up with Schism Tracker and get some good Gameboy samples all loaded up (as well as my regular CBF samples), then I plan on spending the rest of the year making musics for everyone! I’ll keep you updated-ish as to my progress. <3
Electric NoNo is releasing a new EP next Friday to be entitled Rain City Blue, but today they released the first official music video from that album, for the 1-minute punk-pop gem of a song called “Blue Planet.” STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH IT HERE:
Wow. Even though it’s only a minute long, director Jeff Larson and the Cortese brothers sure did pack a tonne of awesome in there. They apparently spent nearly a year animating the video!
Speaking of EP release, Electric NoNo is having a release party on March 10th to celebrate these new-fangled musics they’re putting out. It’s on a Friday night, so you should go!
Electric NoNo Record Release (Faced Book Event)
Friday, March 10th 8:00PM
@ Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (map)
An excellent track from Open Mike Eagle & Paul White’s 2016 album Hella Personal Film Festival has been made into an excellent animated music video by animation collective Doulzia. It is so excellent that it actually premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim at about 1:30 AM on Sunday! Holy crap!
What’re ye waitin’ fer!? Watch this imaginative, symbolic romp through social anxiety here/now!
Last Thursday my wife and I went and stayed out late on a school night. Gasp! What could tempt us so? Why, none other than an amazing music show at The Crocodile filled to the brim with amazing local musicians!
First up was…
1. Stereo Embers
The Embers, Now in Stereo!
Stereo Embers is one of the many, many musical projects fronted by Seattle musical mainstay Robb Benson. This is a very straight-up rock band. Lead guitarist Tim DiJulio could be described as someone who “wails/shreds/rips.” They’re very good live. They’re also very good recorded. Take a listen:
2. Fine Prince
Mmmm, damn… them princes be FINE.
I had never heard of Fine Prince before. It’s a rather large band for Seattle, with six full members including two keyboardists and two guitarists. Their sound is kinda hard to describe; it’s kind of light, gots a slight groove to it, and is just thoroughly… pleasant. They were a lot of fun. Take a listen:
I had to take off my glasses to hear this Fine Prince (thanks, Howard).
3. Julia Massey & the Five Finger Discount
JM+FFD at the Crockie!
Here’s the real reason there was a show at all: This was the release party for Julia Massy & the Five Finger Discount’s new album, Heart Tones. It’s now available to purchase on Bandcamp! You should download it now!
Dem tones, dem tones, dem Heart Tones!
Not sure if you really want to own this amazing album? Well, then (1) you’re an idiot and (2) you should listen to this song and watch this joyful video. Then go and buy Heart Tones.
And, as is my nature, I made an animated .gif of the proceedings:
So I got a lot of pretty good photos. Unfortunately, as is often the case when I see JM+FFD, I was not at a good angle to get a good photo of Dom Cortese (the drummer). Here’s the best I could do:
Chris Blount (pronounced “Blunt”) is a good friend of mine who also happens to be an exceptional hip-hopster. He guests on a song on JM+FFD’s new album, which you can listen to (and watch the video) right here:
He guested on that song live on stage as well. I was gonnnnnna take a photo of him performing, but I got so wrapped up in the moment that I plumb forgot. He absolutely killed it up there, and got probably the biggest pop of the night at the end of his verse. So big thanks to Bebe Labree for providing me with some photos from the show and letting me use them here!
That’s right, true believers, JM+FFD are releasing another album THIS THURSDAY (January 12th, 2017)! It’s called Heart Tones and it is excellent (I was given an advance copy to listen to last month because I’m just that awesome).
Here’s the video to my fave songo from the album, featuring another musician friend of mine, hip-hopster Chris Blount!
The CD release show is happening at The Crocodile in lovely downtown Seattle.
Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount (Album Release) at The Crocodile (Faced Book Event)
Thursday, January 12th 8:00 PM
@ The Crocodile:
2200 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98121 (Map)
$10 Adv, 21+ (Tickets)
My wife and I will be there! We wouldn’t miss it. Would you? WOULD YOU!? DO NOT!
Glory be, there IS a reason to celebrate the holidays this season after all: Chubby Mummy has released a new hit “single” that features an awkward and uncomfortable invitation to join in the celebration: Cursemas Greeting! Let this new Chubby Mummy Mumble, like the Matrix of Leadership, light our darkest hour: